I want Cosafa Cup glory - Angula
28 June 2013 | Sports
Brave Warriors stand-in captain Da Costa Angula wants to bring back the Cosafa Cup trophy, with the tournament due to start on July 6 in Lusaka, Zambia.
Speaking after the team's morning training session yesterday, the Black Africa defender said all was going to plan and that the team's focus still remains to do very well in Zambia.
â€œWe remain focused on the job at hand. The players are committed; you can see in training how they exert themselves in situations and how co-operative they are. The spirit is very high and there are no negative players and that makes it easy for me as captain to lead the team. The unity is great,â€ Angula stated.
Namibia open their challenge in Group A with a clash against Mauritius on July 6 at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka and two days later play their final group game against the Seychelles.
â€œThese (Mauritius and Seychelles) are two strong countries in their own right and we will [give] them the respect they deserve... Three points will be vital and winning the group will be special and from there on anything is possible.
â€œI have set a personal mandate [and that is] to hold the Cosafa Cup trophy high, come the end of the tournament. It is always good to set targets and work hard to achieve them. Anything is possible,â€ a confident Angula said.
If the Brave Warriors win Group A, they will face South Africa in the quarterfinals of this year's tournament on July 13.
Meanwhile, Black Africa midfielder Bryan Bantam has withdrawn from the team due to work commitments, while African Stars' midfield pair of Riaan Cloete and Bradley Wermann will have to face a late fitness test ahead the team's departure for Lusaka on July 3.
Cloete is suffering from flu while Wermann has a light hamstring injury.
Maritzburg United goalkeeper Virgil Vries and AmaZulu defender Willem Mwedihanga are expected to join up with the team before the final squad is announced on Monday.
Castle Namibia on Wednesday announced the prize money for the 2013 Cosafa Cup, with the winning team receiving N$500 000 while the runners up get N$250 000.
The third placed team will walk away with N$125 000 and the Plate competition winners N$100 000.